This Is What To Do If You Get Stranded In Your Car During A Flood

The rainy season is here with us again.

As much as possible, we would all like to avoid a second June 3rd and also avoid the unfortunate incident which recently happened with the young doctor.

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If you don’t own a car, we are pretty sure you know too well not to seek shelter under a tree or at a fuel/gas station.

What we want to highlight this time around concerns our kuulpeeps with cars.

Here are a couple of Do’s and Don’ts when you find yourself caught in the rains on the road…

  • Stay calm. You’ll need your sanity to be able to go through this safely.
  • Turn on your headlights and hazard lights -This will make it easier for emergency personnel/good samaritan to see you.
  • Unbuckle your seat belt.
  • Unlock your doors.
  • Take jackets and outer clothing off because if it happens that you will have to swim/wade out of the water the excess weight will slow you down.
  • Lower your window slowly. Most electric windows should work unless the car is completely submerged in water.
  • If you can lower the windows, climb out. Get to high ground and call the emergency services.
  • If the windows will not open, you’ll have to use a door to get out but you won’t be able to open a door until the water pressure is equalized between the outside and the inside of the car. This means you’ll have to wait for the water to enter the car and fill up to about your neck level (this sounds terrifying, but this is the only way the doors will open).
  • Once the doors are open, swim to safety and call the police/ambulance/NADMO or anyone that comes to mind.
  • Do not use your energy trying to open the doors because water pressure will keep them from budging (wait for the pressure to equalize).
  • Do not try to save your possessions.
  • Do not try to break windows to get out. If water pressure has not equalized, the glass will explode inward toward you or other occupants.
  • Once out, do not stay with your car in order to try to save it. Get to high ground.
  • Do not stand on the roof of your car. If your car is swept away, you’ll be carried away with it. You could also fall and injure yourself if the car shifts abruptly.
  • Do not return to your car if you think the water level is going down. Water levels could rise without warning. Allow emergency personnel to tow your vehicle to a safe place.
We hope this helps. Stay safe, guys!


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